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Triple Threat Independent Film Project – Summer 2024 - Youth Program

Triple Threat Independent Film Project – Summer 2024 - Youth Program

$ 1,550.00


NOTE: We prefer payment by check for this program so please reach out by email to secure your spot:

Triple Threat Academy’s Independent Film Project (IFP) brings Hollywood to Westport, giving a small group of participants the opportunity to experience making an independent short film. During this two-week program, students learn all aspects of filmmaking, both acting in front of the camera and apprenticing in various roles behind the camera with a professional crew. Each cast member will receive professional footage for their acting reel. Triple Threat's 2022 short film, "Lux Freer," won numerous awards on the film fest circuit (including Best USA Film and Best Director in NY's Cinematography Awards) and made its world premiere at Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival; screened at the prestigious Dances With Films festival in L.A. and NY (bravo to fellow DWF filmmaker for their recent Oscar win for "Red, White, and Blue"), and won Outstanding Narrative Short Film at the Ridgefield Independent Film Fest. Our 2023 films are hitting the fest circuit now and the student-written and directed "Ocean's 14" has already nabbed several awards. 

HRIFF red carpet - Lux Freer
Triple Threat cast members with director Cynthia Gibb
at the world premiere of "Lux Freer" in L.A. 

During the first week, students will do extensive character development and rehearsals with director Cynthia Gibb; participate in table reads; learn about screenwriting and how to read a call sheet; help conceive looks and gather costumes, props, hair and makeup items; and benefit from an illustrious line-up of guest speakers. Previous guests include A Million Little Things star Stephanie Szostak, L.A. screenwriter Michael Jamin (King of the Hill, Just Shoot Me, Beavis & Butthead), producer Andrew Wilk 
(multi Emmy-winning executive producer—PBS's Live From Lincoln Center and Stars on Stage series, Nat Geo—and former COO of Sony Music)Kelly Clarkson Show makeup artist Kathleen Fillion, and our very own Golden-Globe nominated actress Cynthia Gibb (Fame, Gypsy, Youngblood) + input from short film cast members Jamie Mann (Netflix's Country Comfort, NBC's Days of Our Lives), Cameron Mann (Mare of Easttown, For Life, Law & Order: SVU, New Amsterdam, Daredevil), and Natalia Mann (A California Christmas, City Lights, The Passage) on what it's like to be a professional child/teen actor.

Lux Freer short film poster
Poster for our 2022 award-winning film, "Lux Freer." 

During the second week, we will shoot the short film along with our professional crew and celebrate an intense and exciting week with a cast party Friday or Saturday night.
The final film will be screened at a local theater and on the film fest circuit!Lux Freer screening at SHU Community Theatre

Triple Threat Co-Directors Cynthia Gibb and Jill Mann at the Cast & Crew Screening of "Lux Freer" at Sacred Heart Community Theatre in Fairfield.

Shooting Lux Freer
On set shooting "Lux Freer" with renowned actress Jean Louisa Kelly.

Week 1, July 29 to August 2, 12:15 pm to 4 pm

Base Camp: 7 Hillandale Road, Westport CT
(Details of the schedule may shift depending on pre-production needs and guest speaker availability)

Character Development
Acting Technique (Cynthia Gibb)
Table Read
Script Analysis/Screenwriting 

Character Development/Rehearse
2nd Table Read
Guest Speaker TBD

Wardrobe Fittings
Set Decoration

Wardrobe Fittings
Guest Speaker
Hair & Makeup Seminar with Kathleen Fillion (HMU for the Kelly Clarkson Show and our HMU dept head)

Review wardrobe, props, schedule
Learn how to read a Call Sheet
Assistant Director Seminar - set etiquette and expectations

Week 2, Aug 5 to 9

MON to FRI, 9* to 6*, Shoot - Youth kids probably will not shoot every day. They are welcome to assist in crew roles when not shooting (hair and makeup, costumes, catering, production assistance, etc. Children in the Youth Program will not be handling heavy equipment).
*Some actors may be called to Hair & Makeup earlier than 9 am. Some actors may shoot beyond 6 pm (especially if we have any night scenes, then the day will start later and end later). Please keep your schedule as flexible as possible. 

FRI or SAT Evening: Cast Party!

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